Guspy Warrior's rebirth

HARARE - Dancehall sensation Guspy Warrior is treating his legion of fans to a February 14, special Valentine’s gift with the launch of his seventh studio album titled Lovers Rock at Club Volt in Harare.

The Mafia 19 boss revealed to the Daily News that the 10-track album consists only of love ballads that celebrate the beauty of love while presenting a paradigm shift in his musical journey.

“Lovers Rock presents the other side of Guspy that the fans haven’t heard. I have matured as a musician and this album is close to my heart. I have taken on the reggae path just to show the fans that there is the other side of music that can be explored as well,” he said.

The album will also come along with a musical video for the song How Could You?

The Chitungwiza-born musician who is the son of legendary gospel artiste Mechanic Manyeruke has released a number of hits most notably Seunononga, Kanondidaka which he collaborated on with Lady Squanda and Dancehall Champions which he did with Dadza D and Sniper Storm.

He said he avoided working with many artistes because he wanted to show his maturity as a musician who can stand as own man.

“On this album I only worked with Melby and we did a reggae song called Tachata. Melby is a jazz musician and we fused the two genres and actually it came out nicely.

“The album is love-inspired so we tried to celebrate the beauty of love so that we could take away people from the everyday pressures of life.

“Fans know Guspy as a dancehall musician but I have something unique for them. I am looking at taking the music to everyone, so that everyone can listen to it. I felt I should do this on my own. I can always collaborate with other artistes but this is me testing my mantle.

“You see even the elderly people can relate to Bob Marley’s music because it’s warm and soothing rather than dancehall.

“And this is the path that I am taking now. Not to say I’m neglecting dancehall totally. I will be releasing more of reggae albums and dancehall tracks on singles,” Guspy Warrior said.

The gifted chanter went on to reveal why he has been avoiding curtain-raising at shows when international artistes perform in the country.

“I have performed alongside Movado, Mr Vegas, Capleton, Elephant Man and Sean Paul but you look at promoters, they are actually there for international artistes and we are just there to make the numbers. They do everything for international artistes but not us. Some of them are a big let-down honestly.

“It’s a weakness that our promoters have, so it’s frustrating. If it is a local show featuring local artistes, I will put my head on the block and say 98 percent of them are not up to standard. It’s either the lighting or the sound system and it reflects back to the artiste.”

With the likes of Killer T, Soul Jah Love and Winky D currently dominating the charts with their hit songs from last year, Guspy Warrior believes he is set to take the baton from his rivals.

“I believe I’m still the most consistent hit-maker in the dancehall industry, the trendsetter that everyone follows. Very soon you will hear this one has gone reggae, this one is doing this — all after one man Guspy Warrior. So I have been playing it low, but 2016 it’s reggae music again.”

Among the tracks on the Lovers Rock album that are certain to take the airwaves by storm is Tachata which he features Melby, Call on Me, Cherry oh Baby and How Could You?

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